Letter to Smith Tuttle, 9 October 1841

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, Ill. October 9th 1841
Esqr.
Dear Sir, Your kind letter of Sept. last was rec’d. during our which is just over, containing a full & particular explanation of every thing which gave rise to some feelings of disappointment in relation to our business transactions; and I will assure you, it has allayed, on our part, every prejudice. It breath[e]s the spirit of kindness & truth. I will assure you that we exceedingly regret that there have been any grounds for hardness and disappointment. But so far as I am concerned, I must plead innocence; and you will consider me so, when you come to know all the facts— I have done all that I could on my part. I will still do all that I can. I will not leave one stone unturned.—
Now the facts are these. I sent my Brother & with means in their hands.— say, not money, but with power to obtain every property or money which was necessary to enable them to fulfil the contract I made with . My was under the necessity of returning, in consequence of ill health, to this place, leaving the business in the hands of , with the fullest expectation that he would make over the property or money to , and make every thing square, so far as the interest is concerned, if not the principal. He was instructed to pay the interest that had accrued & would accrue up to the fall of 1842, so as to be in advance of our indebtedness. I had also made arrangements with the eastern churches, & had it in my power to fork over land for the whole debt; & had expected that an arrangement of that kind would have been entered into. I am well assured that did not lack <​any​> means whatever, to pay the interest, at any rate, if not the principal; & why he has not done according to my instructions, God only knows. I do not feel to charge him with having done wrong, until I can investigate the matter, and ascertain for a certainty where the fault lies. It [p. [1]]
, Ill. October 9th 1841
Esqr.
Dear Sir, Your kind letter of Sept. last was rec’d. during our which is just over, containing a full & particular explanation of every thing which gave rise to some feelings of disappointment in relation to our business transactions; and I will assure you, it has allayed, on our part, every prejudice. It breathes the spirit of kindness & truth. I will assure you that we exceedingly regret that there have been any grounds for hardness and disappointment. But so far as I am concerned, I must plead innocence; and you will consider me so, when you come to know all the facts— I have done all that I could on my part. I will still do all that I can. I will not leave one stone unturned.—
Now the facts are these. I sent my Brother & with means in their hands.— say, not money, but with power to obtain every property or money which was necessary to enable them to fulfil the contract I made with . My was under the necessity of returning, in consequence of ill health, to this place, leaving the business in the hands of , with the fullest expectation that he would make over the property or money to , and make every thing square, so far as the interest is concerned, if not the principal. He was instructed to pay the interest that had accrued & would accrue up to the fall of 1842, so as to be in advance of our indebtedness. I had also made arrangements with the eastern churches, & had it in my power to fork over land for the whole debt; & had expected that an arrangement of that kind would have been entered into. I am well assured that did not lack any means whatever, to pay the interest, at any rate, if not the principal; & why he has not done according to my instructions, God only knows. I do not feel to charge him with having done wrong, until I can investigate the matter, and ascertain for a certainty where the fault lies. It [p. [1]]
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